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High school students from across the country shared a wartime lunch with the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and Encounters with Canada have partnered for a fifth year to offer a week of exciting learning opportunities for 130 high school students from across Canada, through its "Canada Remembers" program at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre in Ottawa.
Among several organized activities during the week, participants had the opportunity to welcome the Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Greg Thompson, to the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre’s cafeteria for a wartime lunch. During the lunch, the Minister mingled and spoke with the students and made himself available for pictures.
“You are the future for which our veterans fought. You are the leaders of tomorrow in a country that cherishes the values that our military is still defending in various parts of the world,” said Minister Thompson during his official presentation. “The torch is in your hands – it is yours to hold it high!” Students said that this event was the highlight of their week.
The purpose of the commemorative programming, held this year from November 5 to 11, is to capture the attention of the students and to provide insight into the sacrifices and achievements that Canadian military personnel have made toward the development and evolution of our country.
The Historica Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians discover the fascinating stories that make our country unique. Through our education programs and authoritative resources we connect Canadians to our many histories. We invite you to discover your place in history at www.histori.ca.
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Veterans Affairs Canada
Historica Encounters, the largest youth forum in Canada, at a glance:
• Historica Encounters is an educational program located at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre, with complete residential facilities in the National Capital Region
• The program hosts 3,000 high school students, ages 14 through 17, from across the country each year
• Encounters is a one-week program about citizenship awareness and leadership skills, divided in two parts: familiarization with Canadian institutions and exploration of one career theme
2007 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Encounters program.